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EARLY MORNING FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION

(Township of Springwater, ON)-  On Thursday, November 19, 2020, at approximately 5:10 a.m, members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a call for service for a fire inside a business located on Queen Street, Elmvale in the Township of Springwater.

Officers and Springwater Township Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and observed smoke billowing from within the building. A door to the premise was insecure and there were obvious signs of a break and enter. It appears as though unknown suspect(s) had unlawfully entered the building prior to the fire. Initial investigation suggests that the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) may have been tampered with during the incident. The Huronia West OPP Crime Unit, OPP Forensic Identification Services and the Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) were all notified of the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Huronia West OPP at or Crime Stoppers at (8477). When you contact Crime Stoppers you remain anonymous, you will never have to testify and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.1-800-222-TIPS1-888-310-1122.

Fatal Crash in Tiny Township Claims Life of Male Pedestrian

(TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) – Members of the Southern Georgian Bay detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report at 6:14 p.m. November 16, 2020 of a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle on Baseline Road in Tiny Township. Officers along with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and Township of Tiny Fire Services attended the scene located between Concession Road 6 and Downers Road on Baseline Road and located an 81 year old male pedestrian who had been struck by a southbound car. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS personnel and his identity is being withheld pending notification of family. The deceased pedestrian in this crash has been identified as Donald Wilcox 81 years of Tiny Township. All affected roadways were reopened at 12:30 a.m. November 17, 2020 and OPP investigators wish to thank those at the scene who assisted in this unfortunate incident.Baseline Road remains closed between Mertz Road and Concession Road 6 in Tiny Township and members of the OPP Central Region Technical Traffic Investigation (TTCI) Unit are assisting in determining the cause of the crash.

Winter Has Arrived – Winter Driving Skills are a Must

(PENETANGUISHENE,ON)- Winter road conditions have arrived several times lately here in North Simcoe and drivers need to seasonally adjust their driving habits so as to make it to and from their destination safely with the onset of snow and icy conditions. These winter conditions require drivers to allow more time for their vehicle to stop and to start from a stopped position. Pedestrians are reminded that drivers may have a limited visibility due to blowing snow / lighting conditions and that they need to double check before crossing the road and drivers must consider that winter clothing may hinder a pedestrians visibility or hearing of an approaching vehicle. Drivers need to be in the habit prior to heading out to keep clear all windows and headlights of snow and frost and activating their full vehicle lighting system for improved visibility during winter storm road conditions. Please view the following link for more information on winter driving and road conditions on Provincial Highways – https://511on.ca/

 

IN THE EVENT YOU ARE IN A COLLISION-

If you are involved in a collision, the safety of you, your passengers and other involved persons is first and foremost. Please click on the following link – How and When to Report a Collision with the OPP https://www.opp.ca/index.php?lng=en&id=115&entryid=56b787fe8f94ac9f5828d172.

Uniform detachment members remind all drivers to “please allow yourself extra driving time and remember your winter driving skills to reach to your destination safely and to avoid a winter travelling tragedy”. Police remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our trails, roadways and waterways. Educating the public about safe driving practices is a priority and remember – NEVER DRIVE IMPAIRED

OPP and Tay Township Fire Service Investigating Suspicious Explosion Sound Overnight in Victoria Harbour

(TAY TOWNSHIP, ON) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay Detachment responded at 12:37 a.m. November 6, 2020 to reports of an explosion sound in Victoria Harbour. Reports from area residents in the Maple, Park and George Streets area stated a loud explosion sound along with a bright bluish light occurred in the Community Centre or the Industrial Park area at 12:30a.m. Responding officers patrolled the area without locating a scene or cause of the sound. Investigators were contacted this morning after a building on the corner of Maple and Park Streets was found to have incurred damage to its roof overnight. The Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) has been contacted and are attending to assist in the on going investigation. Anyone having knowledge or video footage of this incident is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122, opp.southern.georgian.bay@opp.ca or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka www.crimestopperssdm.com on Twitter or Facebook.

 

OFFICER SUCCUMBS TO INJURIES AFTER FATAL SHOOTING

Greater Sudbury Police Service Assisting

(GORE BAY, ON) – Shortly after 11:00 a.m. on November 19, 2020, two members from the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a follow-up investigation related to a property dispute. There was an interaction between a person at the scene and an officer resulting in one officer being fatally shot. The person at the scene has also died as a result of the interaction. This person is not being identified at this time until their identity can be confirmed and next of kin notifications are complete. The OPP is reporting that 52-year-old Provincial Constable (PC) Marc HOVINGH, posted at the Manitoulin Detachment, died as a result of his injuries. No other police officers were injured in this incident. The OPP has requested the assistance of the Greater Sudbury Police Service (GSPS) to investigate the homicide of PC Marc HOVINGH. An investigation is also being conducted by the Province’s Special Investigation Unit. Any further information regarding this investigation must be directed to the Special Investigation Unit who has invoked their mandate. Contact Monica Hudon at monica.hudon@ontario.ca

Road Rage

(TOWN OF NEW TECUMSETH) –  On November 2, 2020, the Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), put out a media release asking for the assistance of the public to identify a vehicle and driver that had been involved in a reported road rage incident. This occurred in the Town of Alliston on Victoria Street West in the area of Ontario Street. The OPP would like to thank the members of the community who responded with information which led to identifying the person in question. As a result of a very detailed investigation the subject was located and arrested in the City of Toronto;

The male subject identified as Colin PYNE, age 26 of Springwater Township, and has been charged with the following offences:

Attempt to Commit Murder – Criminal Code of Canada

Assault with a Weapon – Criminal Code of Canada

Criminal Negligence Cause Bodily Harm – Criminal Code of Canada

Dangerous Operation Cause Bodily Harm – Criminal Code of Canada

Fail to Stop at Accident Causing Bodily Harm – Criminal Code of Canada

Uttering Threats – Cause Death or Bodily Harm.

The accused is being held in custody pending a Bail Hearing.

ASSISTANCE IN IDENTIFYING DRIVER IN FAIL TO REMAIN

(WASAGA BEACH, ON.) – The members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking the public for their assistance in solving this accident. At approximately 10:06 am on the 8th of November 2020, a silver Lexus possible a 2008 or 2010 addition struck another vehicle in the driver-thru at the Riverbend Plaza in Wasaga Beach. The suspect vehicle then took off in an unknown direction with damage to the right corner of its bumper. If you have any information in regards to this accident, specifically dash cam footage, please contact the Huronia West O.P.P. at (705) 429-3575 or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or others. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. For safety and crime prevention tips, please visit our website at www.opp.ca.

Guns and Drugs Seized by OPP during Overnight Search Warrant in Tiny Township

(TINY TOWNSHIP, ON) – On November 19, 2020 at 11:30 p.m. members of the Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) attached to the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) with the assistance of the OPP Central Region Emergency Response Unit (ERT), OPP GHQ Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) and uniformed detachment members executed a search warrant at an residence on Balm Beach Road in Tiny Township. Attending officers located and arrested without incident three occupants and conducted a search of the residence resulting in the seizure of guns, ammunition and a quantity of cocaine. A person arrived at the address during the search and was also arrested during the investigation. As a result of this investigation, Michel LEMAY 55 years, Timothy LEMAY 27 years, and Paul BASKERVILLE 31 years, all of Tiny Township have been charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada:

Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Weapon

Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (four counts)

Possession of a Loaded or Restricted Firearm

Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (four counts)

Careless Storage of a Firearm (five counts)

Investigators have also charged Ryan SPADEMAN 24 years of Midland with the following charges contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act:

Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance

All of the accused are currently being held in police custody to appear before a video bail hearing and will appear before the Ontario court of Justice in Midland at a future date.

Vehicle Hits Two Houses in Orillia

(ORILLIA, ON) – Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged a young person with driving offences following a collision in which a vehicle struck two houses in the City of Orillia. On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, shortly after 08:00 a.m., police received a call reporting that a vehicle had struck the callers house on Colborne Street and had come to rest at a house across the road. Officers attended with County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) who transported the driver to hospital with minor injuries. A traffic investigation ensued and the 17 year old female driver from Rama First Nation has been issued Certificate of Offences for:

  • Careless driving, contrary to section 130(1) of the Highway Traffic Act
  • Class G1 licence holder – unaccompanied by qualified driver, contrary to section 5(1) of the Highway Traffic Act O.Reg 340/94

Tay Township Male Facing Multiple Charges After Foot Pursuit

(MIDLAND, ON) – At 11:00 pm on November 18, 2020, a member of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police stopped a vehicle on Highway 93 in the Town of Midland.  The driver pulled into a nearby parking lot and spoke with police who requested his identification however he was unable to provide any.  After a brief investigation, Police determined that the verbal identification given was misleading therefore the officer arrested the male, who was standing outside of his car.  The male struggled and broke free from the officer then fled on foot, police pursued and caught him a short distance away. The male was transported to the OPP Southern Georgian Bay Detachment and his proper identity was determined.  A search of male located an amount of cocaine, as well, it was discovered that the male was bound by several court orders prohibiting him from driving a vehicle or possessing a bank card. As a result of this incident Matthew Robitaille, 27 years of Tay Township was charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code.

Possession of Cocaine

Escape Lawful Custody

Obstruct Peace Officer

Operation of a Motor Vehicle while Prohibited

Fail to Comply with Release Order x2

Fail to Comply with Probation Order

The accused was held in police custody to appear at a video bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice on November 19, 2020. Officers of the OPP value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. To report a crime anonymously please visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

OLD CELL PHONES COLLECTED FOR VICTIM SERVICES

(TOWN OF NEW TECUMSETH, ADJALA-TOSORONTIO & ESSA TOWNSHIPS, ON)- The Nottawasaga Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is committed to upholding its commitment to victims of crime. Upon the onset of COVID, Central Region Victim Service agencies expressed a need for used cell phones for their Victim Safety Planning Programs. Victim Services accepts new and used, donated cell phones to support victims and vulnerable persons within their communities. The 911 cell phone program is designed to support a victims’ safety plan and to lessen re-victimization, by providing an additional device to contact police in an emergency. Home sometimes isn’t the safest place, and this can be the case for adults and children who suffer from intimate partner abuse, sexual violence and elder abuse, among others. If a landline or cell phone is damaged by the abuser, a 911 cell phone may be a victims’ only way to seek help. Any phone, connected or not connected to a service provider and cell phone plan, can be used to dial 911.

The Nottawasaga Detachment will be collecting cell phones, which will directly benefit Barrie and Area VCARS. For more information, visit http://bavcars.ca/site/contact-us/. To donate your cellphone(s), please bring your gently used cellphones to either the Nottawasaga OPP Detachment between 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Please complete the following:

Remove your SIM card.

Bring cellphone AND charger (if possible)

Please use disinfectant wipes; all phones and chargers must be wiped down at the detachment prior to going into the box

Place in clear Ziploc bag for your phone and charger (provided at detachment)

Please provide the name of the cellphone carrier OR identify if the phone is unlocked (note attached to phone is fine)

 

Shoplifting Complaint Leads OPP to Recover Stolen Vehicle

(ORILLIA, ON) – Members of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have arrested and charged two males with numerous offences and recovered a stolen vehicle following a shoplifting complaint in the City of Orillia. On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, shortly after 1:00 p.m., police received a call from a loss prevention officer at a Murphy Road business reporting that two males had stolen numerous items and had fled in a grey Audi SUV. The suspect who had entered the store was described as East Indian descent, about five feet, seven inches tall, balding with dark hair, wearing a black winter coat with fir around the hood and burgundy track pants. No description was obtained for the second male who was driving the vehicle. Officers were close by and responded quickly, locating and stopping the vehicle near Highway 12. The two suspects ran from the vehicle and were both arrested a short distance away. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle was stolen and had fraudulent licence plates attached to it.

As a result, Ali MEHRAEIN, age 42, of Toronto, and Shahriar NOORPOUR, age 32, of Vaughan, have been charged with:

Theft under $5000, contrary to Section 334(b) of the Criminal Code

Resist Peace Officer, contrary to Section 129(a) of the Criminal Code

Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

Two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5000, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

Use, deals, acts on forged document, contrary to Section 368(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

Fail to comply with undertaking, contrary to Section 145(4)(a) of the Criminal Code

In addition, Mr. Mehraein has also been charged with:

  • Two counts of failure to comply with release order, contrary to Section 145(5)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Operation while prohibited under the Criminal Code, contrary to Section 320.18(1)(a) of the Criminal Code
  • Escape lawful custody, contrary to Section 145(1) of the Criminal Code

Both accused parties were held in custody for a bail hearing and are set to appear on November 19, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Barrie. Officers believe that the accused males may have been involved in other similar occurrences. If you recognize the descriptions or have any knowledge of this, or other crimes, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting www.opp.ca/reporting. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.  Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

Drugs and Knives Seized by Orillia OPP

(ORILLIA, ON) – Members of the Orillia detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged four people with numerous drug and other criminal offences following the execution of two search warrants in the City of Orillia. On November 18, 2020, members of the Orillia OPP Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Central Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU) and Canine (K9), executed search warrants on two separate Orillia residences and arrested nine people in relation to an ongoing drug investigation. As a result, quantities of cocaine, fentanyl and Canadian currency were seized as well as two large knives. Four of the arrested parties were charged while the other five were released unconditionally.

Four males, including Aaron NOTTINGHAM, age 34, of Orillia and Jason INGLIS, age 46, of Orillia, have all been charged with:

-Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – opioid, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

-Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine, contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

-Possession of a schedule I substance – opioid, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

-Possession of a schedule I substance – cocaine, contrary to Section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act

Osato ASEMOTA, age 24, of Hamilton, has been charged with the above offences, as well as the following:

-Fail to comply with probation order, contrary to Section 733.1(1)

-Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

Ellis GIOVANNI, age 21, of Mississauga, has also been charged with the above offences, as well as the following:

-Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000, contrary to Section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code

All four accused parties were released on Form 10 Undertakings and are set to appear on December 29, 2020, except Inglis, who will appear on December 22, 2020 at the Ontario court of Justice, Orillia. The Orillia OPP is committed to serving our province by protecting its citizens, upholding the law and preserving public safety. If you have any information about crime in our community please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or report minor occurrences online by visiting www.opp.ca/reporting. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or any other crime. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.